Richard Branson backs flip-flop entrepreneurs from Purley
Flip flops made by two brothers have been endorsed by Richard Branson.
Rob and Paul Forkan, of Purley, set up Gandys Flip Flops in 2004 after losing their parents in the 2004 tsunami.
They donate 10 per cent of their profits to their Orphans for Orphans mission which provides orphans and underprivileged children with nutrition and education.
They are planning to open up a children’s home in Goa by the end of 2014.
Having signed up most of the major high street retailers, Richard Branson, the billionaire businessman became the first ever international stockist of Gandys flip flops last month.
Mr Branson worked with the duo earlier this year and now stocks their flip flops on Necker Island. He said they were inspiring young entrepreneurs.
The pair have also won the Footwear and Accessories Award at the prestigious WGSN Global Fashion Awards on Wednesday.
The panel included British fashion designer Giles Deacon and model and contributing editor of Vogue, Laura Bailey.
Rob Forkan, 26, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received such a prestigious award. It shows that Gandys not only has a worthy cause but that we’re also a respected fashion brand.”
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